Wednesday, May 13, 2009

U.S. Treasury Lists ETIM as a Terrorist Group

A second U.S. government agency, the Treasury Department, has joined the State Department and the United Nations in listing the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Party as a terrorist group with connections to Al-Qaida. Here's the press release, which begins:

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today targeted al Qaida's support network by designating Abdul Haq, the overall leader and commander of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Party (ETIP), a terrorist organization designated under E.O. 13224 for its support to al Qaida.

That designation is intended to help isolate the ETIM from financial networks, but surely it will also help Rep. Wolf in his campaign to block the resettlement into the United States of 17 purported ETIM members now held at Gitmo.

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